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Much similar to cats, lack of water intake can cause dehydration, which can occur if a dog doesn’t have proper access to or doesn’t drink enough water. So, make sure to leave enough water for your dog to access around the house.

Normally dogs lose water through panting, respiration, urinating, defecating, and evaporation through their paws.
Similarly, causes of dehydration may be due to:

- Vomiting
- Diarrhea
- Heat stroke (overheating)

 Symptoms of canine dehydration include:

  • Loss of skin elasticity.

  • Loss of appetite.

  • Fatigue.

  • Panting.

  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes.

  • Dry nose.

  • Dry, sticky gums.

  • Thick saliva.


Who are liable to dehydration?

Puppies, senior dogs, nursing mothers, and toy dog breeds are liable to being dehydrated!
Some dogs don’t drink much water unless they are encouraged to do so. Active canines that enjoy plenty of exercise and playing should also be well hydrated.

What to do?

Some dogs drink more than others; so you may need to take extra care to make sure that the picky drinkers get enough water. Some dog owners try flavoring water with bone broth or giving their dogs ice cubes to chew on.

Depending on the climate and temperature, the activity level, and exercise of your dog, they will probably need more water on some days than others.

A good rule of thumb: Make sure your dog gets at least 30ml of water daily for each kilogram he weighs. That means a 9kg dog needs at least 590ml or ½ a liter of water every day!

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